The latest blasts in London this afternoon reignited a question I always asked myself. How best should I respond if I am caught in an accident of mass destruction? This need not necessarily be terrorist attack, but say a major explosion in the underground etc. Sure, I can call for help. But what else can I do?
With no equipment, I can't help save anybody. At best, I could find some first aid equipment to help provide basic first aid.
Despite being certified with advanced cardiac life support, I can't do anything without medications and defibrillators. All I can administer is basic cardiac life support.
All these despite knowing that staying back means I'm exposing myself to subsequent explosions.
I could do a Forrest Gump and carry injured folks out of the danger zone. (remember the Vietnam War scene?) We learn in any trauma modules that we can't mobilise patients until we clear their cervical spine. Then again, maybe its better to save the lives in sure exceptional circumstances, even with the possible risk of paralysing the patients.
Any other bright ideas?